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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are investigating a suspicious fire that forced more than a dozen people from their homes overnight in South Philadelphia.

Flames broke out around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at a three-story vacant building that was under construction near Juniper Street and Synder Avenue.

Officials say the initial call came in as a trash fire — and when they arrived on scene heavy flames had already engulfed the first and second floors.

The fire quickly grew to three-alarms and spread to neighboring homes along the 1300 block of Snyder Avenue.

It took close to 100 firefighters about two hours to bring the blaze under control.

“We had a lot of heat on those exposures that we wanted to make sure we could save those properties,” said fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer. “If not, we would have lost four homes today. Because of the good work, they have…

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